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|CLICking on redemption: Reflections on Jews and Judaism in cyberspace|
Does the Internet fill specifically Jewish needs? How real is virtual reality? Cyberspace defines a curious place in modern consciousness: neither here nor there, it is everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Judaism, in contrast, is almost always localized, generally requiring physical presence for its practices. Yet Jews, ever on the cutting edge of technology, have taken to the wonders of the web with relish. Perhaps this comes form a familiarity arising from the long history of Jewish Diaspora existence and homelessness. In the age of Jewish national homecoming, has the Internet provided a virtual, parallel version? I shall address these issues from both theoretical and research-based perspectives, the latter focusing on the particular case of Chabad Lubavitch in Cyberspce (CLIC).